'This consistent arbitrariness negates human freedom more efficiently than any tyranny ever could. One had at least to be an enemy of tyranny in order to be punished by it. Freedom of opinion was not abolished for those who were brave enough to risk their necks. Theoretically, the choice of opposition remains in totalitarian regimes too; but such freedom is almost invalidated if committing a voluntary act only assures a ‘punishment’ that everyone else may have to bear anyway. Freedom in this system has not only dwindled down to its last and apparently still indestructible guarantee, the possibility of suicide, but has lost its distinctive mark because the consequences of its exercise are shared with completely innocent people...The innocent and the guilty are equally undesirable.'
could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment? The short
answer is that we, too, live in dark times' Washington Post. Hannah
Arendt's chilling analysis of the conditions that led to the Nazi and
Soviet totalitarian regimes is a warning from history about the
fragility of freedom, exploring how propaganda, scapegoats, terror and
political isolation all aided the slide towards total domination. 'A
non-fiction bookend to Nineteen Eighty-Four' The New York Times' The
political theorist who wrote about the Nazis and the 'banality of evil'
has become a surprise bestseller' Guardian
Table of contents : Cover Title About the Author Preface to the First Edition Preface to Part One: Antisemitism Preface to Part Two: Imperialism Preface to Part Three: Totalitarianism Part One: ANTISEMITISM 1. Antisemitism as an Outrage to Common Sense 2. The Jews, the Nation-State, and the Birth of Antisemitism 3. The Jews and Society 4. The Dreyfus Affair Part Two: IMPERIALISM 5. The Political Emancipation of the Bourgeoisie 6. Race-Thinking Before Racism 7. Race and Bureaucracy 8. Continental Imperialism: the Pan-Movements 9. The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of the Rights of Man Part Three: TOTALITARIANISM 10. A Classless Society 11. The Totalitarian Movement 12. Totalitarianism in Power 13. Ideology and Terror: A Novel Form of Government Bibliography Copyright